Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe that all current and future employees should have fair and equal access to all opportunities within Zoopla, regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, membership of trade union, religion or belief.

Initiatives

How we're making an impact

Here are some diversity and inclusion initiatives that we’re most proud of:

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Flexible working

While mid-pandemic life remains unpredictable, we’ve seized the opportunity to re-imagine how, when and where we do our best work. We’re piloting a new working framework to figure out what the new normal will look like for us, with more opportunities for our people to find a balance that helps them be their best at work and at home.

DE&I Steering Group

Formed in 2019, our Steering Group comprises representatives from across the business who are passionate about driving positive change, including two Exec sponsors. As well as delivering a diverse calendar of awareness-raising events and celebrations, and organising workshops, they’re driving a more strategic focus on DE&I at Zoopla.

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Continuous listening

We include questions specific to DE&I in our regular engagement surveys to employees, at least twice a year so that we can measure our progress and give our people the chance to shape the plan. Our latest results put us in the top 5% of the Tech Industry on inclusiveness.

Setting the standard

Our recently launched inclusive hiring guide was voted a ‘Changemaker’ at the Women in Software 2020 Changemaker Awards. As a result of these efforts, we’ve seen the number of females at Zoopla at “Head of” and “Director” level rise by 26% from 2018 to 2021.

Changing the ratio

We recruited our first Software Engineer apprentice cohort in 2020, in partnership with the Tech She Can charter, 70% of whom are female - the highest ratio our training provider had ever seen. Our programme has been highlighted by the Tech Talent Charter as a best practice model, and it will be used as a guide for all 200 signatories across the Tech She Can Charter.

STEM Ambassadors

As of June 2021, 32 Zoopligans have registered to become STEM Ambassadors as part of a scheme led by STEM Learning. Our Ambassadors are being trained to deliver Tech We Can lesson plans in schools to inspire young women and girls to consider a career in Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths.

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Flexible working

While mid-pandemic life remains unpredictable, we’ve seized the opportunity to re-imagine how, when and where we do our best work. We’re piloting a new working framework to figure out what the new normal will look like for us, with more opportunities for our people to find a balance that helps them be their best at work and at home.

DE&I Steering Group

Formed in 2019, our Steering Group comprises representatives from across the business who are passionate about driving positive change, including two Exec sponsors. As well as delivering a diverse calendar of awareness-raising events and celebrations, and organising workshops, they’re driving a more strategic focus on DE&I at Zoopla.

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Continuous listening

We include questions specific to DE&I in our regular engagement surveys to employees, at least twice a year so that we can measure our progress and give our people the chance to shape the plan. Our latest results put us in the top 5% of the Tech Industry on inclusiveness.

Setting the standard

Our recently launched inclusive hiring guide was voted a ‘Changemaker’ at the Women in Software 2020 Changemaker Awards. As a result of these efforts, we’ve seen the number of females at Zoopla at “Head of” and “Director” level rise by 26% from 2018 to 2021.

Changing the ratio

We recruited our first Software Engineer apprentice cohort in 2020, in partnership with the Tech She Can charter, 70% of whom are female - the highest ratio our training provider had ever seen. Our programme has been highlighted by the Tech Talent Charter as a best practice model, and it will be used as a guide for all 200 signatories across the Tech She Can Charter.

STEM Ambassadors

As of June 2021, 32 Zoopligans have registered to become STEM Ambassadors as part of a scheme led by STEM Learning. Our Ambassadors are being trained to deliver Tech We Can lesson plans in schools to inspire young women and girls to consider a career in Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths.

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Reverse Mentoring

Each member of the Executive team will be participating in our new Reverse Mentoring Programme, launching this Summer. Our leaders are committed to leaning in, listening and learning so that they can affect the positive change that matters most and champion the voices of those who are less heard.

Refreshed Zoopla Behaviours

Our Zoopla Behaviours are a compass for our day-to-day decisions and the impact we have on those around us. And we measure ourselves against them as part of our performance reviews. So we’ll be refreshing them this year to include a specific DE&I focus, to ensure everyone is held accountable for driving positive change.

Employee-led Resource Groups

This month, we’re supporting Zoopligans to create and run their own Employee-led Resource Groups for underrepresented communities at Zoopla. We’ll fund them every year and give each one an Executive sponsor to ensure they have a real seat at the table.

Future Leaders Development Programmes

We’re exploring partnerships with industry-leading experts to put our apprenticeship levy to good use by creating accredited Future Leaders Development Programmes. We’re aiming to diversify our internal talent pipeline as a result and aim to roll out our first programme in Spring 2022.

Ethnicity Pay Gap Report

Gender is just one part of the puzzle when it comes to diversity, and we believe that what gets measured, gets done. That’s why we’re working on improving our data so that we can publish our Ethnicity Pay Gap report in Spring 2022, ahead of it becoming a regulatory requirement.

Education

We’ve partnered with INvolve to deliver dedicated DE&I workshops for our Exec and Leadership teams, and we’re planning Conscious Inclusion training for everyone involved in hiring at Zoopla later this year. At the same time, we’ll be enhancing and expanding the regular training we roll out to all employees.

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Women in Tech

Zoopla is a founder member of The Tech She Can Charter, launched in a bid to increase the number of women entering the technology sector and the number of girls choosing to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and careers in technology.

The charter aims to tackle the root cause of the gender disparity in technology at a societal level, by inspiring and educating young girls and women to get into tech careers and share best practice across the other organisations involved.

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Tech She Can Charter

This working group of businesses, which includes peers from Google, PwC, Oxfam and the Girl Guides, have united to promote STEM subjects and women in tech to create more diversity in the industry and build a future talent pipeline.

It recently created a manifesto to target schools in the Government’s social mobility 'cold spots', celebrate successful women in tech as role models and provide toolkits to help teachers throughout the UK educate pupils about working in tech .

We are incredibly proud to be part of such a significant charter and delighted that our Head of Talent is responsible for helping introduce young girls to the breadth of career opportunities available in technology, as well as encouraging over 400 schools to deliver the Tech She Can lesson plans.

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Analysis

Gender Pay Gap

This year, we’ve published three sets of data in one report; our snapshot data from April 2019, April 2020 and April 2021. 

 

Like many other businesses affected by the pandemic, our 2020 data isn’t a true reflection of reality. That’s why we’ve included our 2021 data, 9 months ahead of the Government deadline, so that we can get a more accurate picture of our diversity and trends over time.

 

Our report outlines the data from these three points in time, the actions we’ve taken so far and our commitments to making Zoopla a more welcoming, fairer and representative place to work, both now and in the future.

Read our 2019-2021 Gender Pay Gap summary.

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